1 Step Forward and 2 Steps Back – More Injury problems for Arsenal

On 28th November 2014 by Kieran

Just as things were looking up for Arsenal they have been hit yet again by injury. With the return of Olivier Giroud against Manchester United and the thought of having a fully fit first choice squad was slowly becoming a reality for many Arsenal fans it all came crashing down with both Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta set to miss the rest of 2014.

Arsenal are now facing more problems with Jack Wilshere sidelined for 3 months following surgery on Thursday, whilst Mikel Arteta is also expected not to feature within the squad for two to three weeks following a calf injury obtained against Borrussia Dortmund mid-week.

Jack Wilshere had recently been in outstanding form for England picking up Man Of The Match awards on several occasions within England’s friendlies and qualifiers. But just as things were looking up for the Englishman another injury on his left ankle has left him sidelined for 3 months following his surgery on Thursday. This seems to be an all too familiar tale for Wilshere, with him suffering setbacks as soon as he begins to maintain a high level of form. Wilshere has only managed just 95 league games in his 5 year stretch of first team football, missing a total of 127 matches through 12 different injuries his ankles being the cause for 9 of them.

He will miss key Premier League matches against Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham as well as missing Arsenal’s first leg of the Champions League knockout phase. The midfielder may also miss several FA Cup rounds providing Arsenal proceed through them.

 Mikel Arteta is predicted to return in January, whilst Jack Wilshere may not be on the pitch until mid February.

Although not being quite the Defensive Midfielder Arsenal fans want, Arteta has also been gradually improving form up until his injury against Dortmund.

The likelihood of Wenger signing a midfielder come January is forever increasing. Arsenal may renew interest in Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin with reports also emerging suggesting interest in Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho who has handed in his transfer request at Monaco looking to move in January.

Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin may be a more ideal choice for Arsenal’s current situation, with Moutinho more of a playmaker where Arsenal need a more dominant and physical player within that position.

Sami Khedira may also be another viable option for the Gunners. Although having not signed him in the summer their chances at signing the German may be slowly narrowing. Chelsea have showed interest in the German and with their current status within the league and bottomless pit of money may edge the midfielder into signing for the blues.

Laurent Koscielny is expected to return to the Arsenal defence for the match against West Brom it isn’t quite the end of the makeshift defence. With Mathieu Debuchy now expected to be fit to face former club Newcastle United and resume his position at right-back. Another injury to an Arsenal defender may yet again may be able to strain their resources. Another vesatile defender may also be transfer on the cards for Arsenal this January to help reduce the risk of having another crisis before the end of the Premier League season. In between the posts Arsenal are unlikely to make any transfers, with Wenger playing down talk about a possible signing of Petr Cech, after having to turn to third choice keeper Damián Martínez to fill the goal against Dortmund mid-week.

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